A friend just passed me a link to an article on Clean Technica by Zachary Shahan titled Why Are So Many Redditors Obsessed With Uncompetitive Nuclear Energy?.
Shahan bemoans the fact that nuclear supporters on Reddit seem to outnumber solar and wind supporter and believes that contrasts with the real world as demonstrated by the rapid growth of solar and wind. He states that he does not believe that we are paid by the nuclear industry to populate internet forums, but his explanation for the online population of pronuclear advocates is almost just as insulting.
Rather, I think people who have worked in the nuclear industry and people who have been mesmerized by the idea of insane amounts of cheap energy from supernatural nuclear (you know, the “too cheap to meter” stuff) have simply been too enclosed in a nuclear-enthusiast bubble for too long and simply don’t have a good sense for where the energy world is today.
Shahan throws out the old antinuclear talking points that nuclear is too expensive, entails too many financial risks to attract investors, poses large — unspecified — environmental risks, and is only chosen in places where there are “corrupt or very confused governments”. Here are his concluding paragraphs.
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